MEET THE TEAM


Board of Directors

HEATHER PERRY

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President

As its founding member, Heather is working to answer a burning desire for global evangelization. She grew up in the midwest and moved to Las Vegas during high school. It was there, in sin city, she met Jesus and fell in love with the Catholic faith. Heather was one of two women in her graduating class at Franciscan University of Steubenville to earn a degree in Philosophy. Eventually, she ended up in Washington DC, where she met her husband at Historic St. Patrick’s Church on her lunch break. They have five children, who continue to be swept away in their mom’s quest to answer the call of the Great Commission by “serving servants” — supporting the missionary. “By virtue of our baptism, we are all called to missionary activity. Some of us are to pray for the missions, some of us are to send missionaries, and some of us will go on mission. My hope is to help others discern what their role will be.” - Heather


DAN KRAMER

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Treasurer

Dan earned an MBA from Franciscan University of Steubenville 2014. He is the Director of Student Success and Austrian Enrollment and also coaches rugby at Franciscan. Dan enjoys serving and spending time with students in the university environment. Dan and Nadia are proud parents of Sophia and Fulton.


JONATHAN WEISS

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DIRECTOR

Jonathan is a freelance film producer.  Jonathan spent many years as a missionary with the Family Missions Company. This experience continues to influence his work as a story teller through film. He is married with four children.


KAREN D'ANNIBALLE

DIRECTOR

Karen has been a leader in the business world for many years. After a successful career in New York, Karen found her way back to her roots in Steubenville, OH and serves as president for Jefferson Security Services. She was recently invited to join the Advisory Board for Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Business Department.


KYLE BLISS

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DIRECTOR

Kyle graduated from Denison University with a degree in economics.  After spending several years working in Pittsburgh, PA in the finance industry Kyle felt called to pursue graduate work at Franciscan University in Theology.  He has a passion for evangelization and embraces the call to promote missionary activity to the ends of the Earth.


FR. MICHAEL SHIELDS

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ECCLESIAL ADVISOR

Fr. Michael is an Alaskan priest from the Diocese of Anchorage. Over twenty years ago, Fr. Michael experienced a deep call to “pray in the camps”. With permission from his diocese he has been serving in Magadan, Far East Siberia, Russia, a former gulag during the Stalin era. Through works of mercy, sacrifice and prayer, he has raised up a mission church and promotes works of mercy to our brothers and sisters at the ends of the world.


TEAM MEMBERS

NADIA KRAMER 

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Operations Manager 

Nadia graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is from the Pittsburgh area, and now lives in Steubenville, Ohio with her husband and daughter. She previously worked in Franciscan University's Development Office. There she realized she feels at home in the nonprofit sector.  As a true millennial she wants to make a difference in the world, and knows that through her work with Ad Gentes Mission, she is doing just that.


ELLIS ORSAY

Language and Cultural Instructor

Ellis earned a B.A. in Russian and Political Science from the University of Nebraska and a M.A. in Russian Area Studies from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana & Stanford University, Stanford, California.  She has spent most of her life devoted to teaching in various capacities in addition to raising seven children.  After relocating to the Ohio area Ellis had the joy of connecting with Franciscan University of Steubenville students preparing for mission to Far East Siberia.  She provided Russian language and cultural instruction for these young men and women and continues to support missionaries in this capacity through serving with Ad Gentes Mission.


MEGAN ZARAGOSA

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Social Media Promotion and Webiste Editor

Megan is currently a non-traditional student at Franciscan University studying Theology and Catechetics.  Megan has a background in youth ministry in Texas and has a heart to serve the Church.


NICK REESE

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Finance Intern

My name is Nicholas Reese, I am pursuing a bachelors of science in Finance and currently am a junior at Franciscan. I’m from Cleveland Ohio. I have a strong Catholic background and firmly believe in the mission of Ad Gentes.


Faith must become a flame of love within us. A flame which burns in our lives and is propagated to our neighbors. This is the essence of evangelization.
— Pope Benedict XVl

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